In the 1998s Supplementary Shield final, Tass Thistle came from 2-0 down via extra time to defeat Galston YFC to clinch a spot in the final. Goals either side of the break came from Ross Duncan and Cameron Ross and they looked to have sent Galston through: but a late Scott Jennings brace took the game into overtime. Despite good chances coming again to Galston, it was Tass captain Joseph Gallagher who headed in a frantic winner right at the death, just as penalties were looming...
The game could not have started any better for the home side. Following some early pressure they won a corner. The ball was floated in high and for no clear reason outfielder Christopher O'Hagan punched the ball away. A clear penalty and the referee opted to send the player off, to which neither himself or his team mates had any real complaints about.
John Frame stepped up to take the spot kick, but Tass Goalkeeper Lauchlin Stringer saved the ball, and cleared the ball way to prevent Galston scoring the rebound.
That was all inside the opening five minutes - less than ten minutes later Galston did indeed take the lead. Using their man advantage well, they sustained a lot of pressure on their counterparts. Tass made a clearance but the ball only came as far as Ross Duncan. He drove his way forward and audaciously chipped the keeper from the penalty D to open the scoring in magnificent fashion.
For the rest of the half Galston had complete control - they had numerous shots on goal as they looked the extend their lead and book their place in the cup final. However, perhaps their best one following the goal came straight after their opener: a neat ball from Craig Black was flicked on by Frame to the path of Jason Phillips. One on one with Stringer, the forward done all he could have but the Tass goalkeeper made a magnificent save to get the ball out for a corner. From that corner, the ball broke to Kyle Gilmour; his shot through a crowd of bodies couldn't beat Stringer either, this time the keeper held the ball.
In almost identical fashion five minutes later, Stringer again held a Gilmour shot from a corner. This time the Galston captain had volleyed the ball - perhaps an even better save from Stringer then.
Black then had a go from distance, but he failed to make Stringer work when his shot fizzed narrowly over.
Galston then had a few more chances from distance in a quick fire flurry of activity; both Gilmour and Cameron Ross stung the keepers palms from similar distances, before Frame forced the keeper into a smart low stop down to his left from a free kick. That was before another good chance was presented to Phillips, but again Stringer prevented him from an angle.
One minute before half time and ten man Tass finally worked Jordan Boyd in the Galston goal. Scott Jennings came sliding into the box, and his lob almost caught out the keeper, however he backtracked well and held the ball easily.